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10:30am

Are We Losing Our Compassion? - Singer Kate Burke

Australia’s current refugee policies have been condemned by many as self centred and even cruel, undermining our

international reputation as a staunch defender of human rights. Are we better than this?

Activists in the Bega Valley community discuss alternative responses and more generous spirited and compassionate solutions.

Bede Carmody

from Amnesty International, Australia will explore the complex issues with

Hallie Fernandez

(Rural Australians for Refugees),

Heather O’Connor

(Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children),

Pam Skelton

(Pastor, Eden Uniting Church – Host of Asylum

Seekers),

Mick Brosnan

(Social Justice Advocates,Merimbula).

12 noon

Active Citizens Rule... OK! - Singer Damon Davies

In this age of constant online engagement, we seem to living in a world in which citizenship is reduced to shopping and social

media and activism to a virtual signature on an online petition. Can we revitalise democratically engaged and effective citizenship?

Can we improve the leadership capacity and accountability of our decision makers?

Jamie Shaw

(Activist, Writer), will explore these issues with

Jo Dodds

(Family Counsellor, Candidate for the Bega Local Government),

Damon Davies

(“Playing for Change” developing and promoting local music culture by encouraging musicians to take their music into the

streets and their community settings),

Dorte Planert

(Activist, Environmentalist, Coordinator, Boomerangbags Project, aiming to reduce

plastic pollution in the Bega Valley).

1:30pm

Feminism – Postcards from the Edge – Singer Arati George

Social media has exposed a deep and concerning undercurrent of prejudice, resentment and anger towards outspoken women. Some

aspects of the current model of masculinity are also damaging for men. We still have a long way to go to achieve gender equality.

Rosemary Beaumont

(Educator) will explore the current state of the project with

Sam Stevenson

(Gender Activist and Organiser of the “Walk

A Mile in Her Shoes Rally” as part of the White Ribbon Campaign),

Caroline Long

(Manager, Staying Home, Leaving Violence Program),

Tamara Rya

n (Feminist, Greens Candidate),

Corrine Gibbons

(Women in Music..Helping women find their voice),

Dorte Planert

(Coordinator

of the South Coast Hub of

1Millionwomen.com.au,

a national movement of women taking action on Climate Change, Clean Energy for

Eternity and the “Boomerangbags” project, aiming to reduce plastic pollution).

3:00pm

Ancient Culture – New Stories – Singers Noel Whittem

The Aboriginal story is an integral part of the Australian identity and our reconciliation is a work in progress. This year Gulaga and

Biamanga (Mumbulla) National Parks celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Handback to Traditional Owners

Graham Moore

, a Garrn-munji Yuin Elder will introduce current projects in the Bega Valley.

Iris White

and

Paul Stewart

, (Chairs of Gulaga and Biamanga Boards of Management), will discuss progress and future plans for the parks.

Noel Whittem

, (Manager of the Bundian Way Project

)

, will introduce this ancient walking trail from Mt Kosciusko to the sea at Eden,

discussing its potential to revitalise efforts towards Reconciliation and a fairer, more harmonious Australia.

Bruce Pascoe

, (Writer, Activist, Environmentalist), is part of a group of Aboriginal men and women developing the

Sow the Seed

project, in

Brogo providing employment for young Aboriginal people.

4:30pm

Who are the Real Fresh Food People - Supermarkets or Local Growers ?

As individuals communities shift from purchasing food from multinational supermarkets to buying locally grown produce through

farmers’ markets, what are the benefits for local economies? What are the constraints and how do we resolve them? Join a grower, a chef

and a health practitioner, in a World Cafe brainstorm to explore the options for the local food economy.

Join ABC’s

Tim Holt

in a hands on workshop with

John Champagne

(Permaculture Legend, SCPA President, Certified Organic Orchardist),

Madelaine Ford

(Yoga Instructor, new enterprise opportunities visionary, community bridger),

Geoffrey Grigg

(Chef, Local Food Activist,

Grower).

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The Festival’s Forum program is an opportunity meet and listen to local activists and thinkers in our community

as they discuss and share their ideas and visions for a better world.

10:30am

What Happened at the Paris Climate Conference and What Does it Mean for You - Singer Mike Martin

We are undergoing a transformational change in the way we generate our energy and the recent Paris Conference produced

a new global agreement on fossil fuel emissions that Australia is committed to meet. How can community scale renewable energy projects

be encouraged and what will be the mix of wind, solar, wave, and geothermal sources? How far away is the transformational battery

technology?

ABC’s

Tim Holt

discusses these issues with

Phillipa Rowland

(Paris and Copenhagen Conference Delegate, Clean Energy for Eternity, SA

Renewable Energy),

David Shoebridg

e (Greens Member, NSW Legislative Council),

Nick Graham Higgs

(Solar and Wind Consultant),

Mary

Clare Woodford

(Australian Youth Climate Coalition).

CHANGE